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TAHOE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY


Helix has serves as the Ensemble-in-Residence for two years at the Tahoe Chamber Music Society’s Summer Concert Series.  The post included featured performances as well as being the dedicated ensemble to premiere the new works written for the festival each year.  The compositions were written by Composer-in-Residence Phil Popham, and were directly related to the cultural life and history of the Tahoe region! The ensemble adds cello to the group to perform with TCMS president Eileen Brownell (pictured with the group at right).


Premiered Compositions:

2013 - Welcome to Tahoe! A Musical Adventure Guide

2012 - The Biggest Little Dances

WHITE LAKE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL


The first Ensemble-in-Residence at the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, Helix opened the inaugural season with a concert featuring Phil Popham’s popular and acclaimed work The Pharmacy: Six Medications for Flute, Oboe, and Piano, as well as trios by William Grant Still, Madeline Dring, Leo Delibes, and Charles Ruggiero. Throughout the week they serenaded audiences at numerous venues and private parties. The following year, Helix returned as Ensemble-in-Residence performing the world premiere of Victor Marquez-Barrios’s (pictured at left) Tres Danzas, which was composed that year specifically for the Helix Collective and the White Lake Chamber Music Festival!


Premiered Compositions:

2011 - Tres Danzas

CLASSICAL REVOLUTION:

CINCINNATI

Helix Collective grew up as a classical chamber ensemble. The group has served as Ensemble-in-Residence for the Tahoe Chamber Music Society, the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, and Classical Revolution: Los Angeles always with their signature fun style. The ensemble's debut album, All In, includes trios by Madeleine Dring, William Grant Still, and world premieres of Charles Ruggiero and Phil Popham. In addition to a trio program, Helix can also offer a quartet program for flute, oboe, piano and cello. This program includes "The Biggest Little Dances" a piece of both poetry and music celebrating the creative world of Nevada, written by Phil Popham and commissioned by the Tahoe Chamber Music Society.

MASTER CLASSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-KINGSVILLE

PERFORMANCE AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

ART GALLERY PERFORMANCE AT THE KENNEDY HEIGHTS ARTS CENTER

HELIX LEADS A MASTER CLASS AT

ALBION COLLEGE

HELIX’S FIRST PERFORMANCE, AT

SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF CHARLES RUGGIERO’S “VARIATIONS ON AND BY.”

VIDEO: HELIX COLLECTIVE @ CLASSICAL REVOLUTION: CINCINNATI

OTHER FUN SHOWS INCLUDE:

“The Helix Collective obviously had fun with this program and meet its various challenges and interpretive vagaries with the steadiness and unanimity of professionals who have managed to blend into a true ensemble. These are very enjoyable performances.”

“...the program has a little something for everyone: those who like their classics straight up, with a contemporary edge to it, or with populist appeal.”     

           -Lee Passarella, Audiophile Audition

“If there is a book about how to make an appealing CD, the Helix Collective have surely read it.”

                                        -Gorman, American Record Guide